Dark skin births are much riskier due to lack of vitamin D

FACT: Avoiding the sun reduces your vitamin D intake
FACT: Can avoid the sun by use of sunscreen, not going outdoors, etc.
FACT: African Americans have very low levels of vitamin D (natural sun screen)
FACT: There is an increased need for vitamin D during pregnancy and breast feeding
Vitamin D Deficiency and Insufficiency is Common during Pregnancy – Jan 2011

Statistics for African-American vs white births in the US:

See also VitaminDWiki


Chart shows that blacks are almost 4X more likely to have less than 20ng of vitamin D

see wikipage: http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=1560

Left curve = blacks indoors (15 ng)     Right curve = blacks outdoors (46ng)


CDC study of late 2011 has the following data

Percentage less than 20 nanograms of vitamin D

Less than 12 ng: White 4, Black 41, Mexican 17
Between 12-20 ng White 19, Black 37, Mexican 41
Note: US lowered the vitamin D levels to 20 nanograms in Nov 2010 - many recommend at least 30 nanograms

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